David Hostetler: An Athens "Ikon"

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Elliot Nicolson

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Updated Mon, Nov 26, 2012 2:19 pm

David Hostetler’s art career came to fruition during WWII. After suffering a shrapnel wound in his leg during a training exercise, he became interested in art while recuperating.

After his discharge from the Army, Hostetler developed his iconic style while attending Indiana University and later at Ohio University, where he taught for 38 years.

Now retired, Hostetler spends his days perfecting his interpretation of the feminine form through wood and bronze sculpture--a labor of love he has pursued for more than 60 years.

Recently, Hostetler invited WOUB's Elliot Nicolson to his house and studio to talk about his newest piece, Ikon.

The 13-foot bronze sculpture was unveiled on Oct. 17 at the plaza across from The Sheffield Condominiums in New York City.

This isn't Hostetler’s first piece on "Billionaires Row." Another Hostetler original, The Dou, stands in front of the Trump International Hotel and Tower at Columbus Circle and was installed in 2006.

Check out the video above for a more in-depth look into Hostetler’s background, the creation of Ikon and what keeps this 86-year old artist motivated.

Slideshow: "Ikon"

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